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Types of Research Grants

Grants Overview Types of Grants Process and Timeline Funded Studies

The Alzheimer's Association funds a wide variety of investigations by scientists at every stage of their careers. Each grant is designed to meet the needs of the field and to introduce fresh ideas in Alzheimer's research.

Part the Cloud - Translational Research Funding for
Alzheimer’s Disease: May - October 2014

Part the Cloud - Translational Research Funding for Alzheimer’s Disease (3 pages)
In its third iteration, the Alzheimer's Association is pleased to announce the Part the Cloud Translational Research Funding initiative to increase the research efforts in Phase I clinical trials directed towards Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Both non-profit and small for-profit agencies are eligible. Small for-profit agencies must submit documentation of net assets and annual earnings for consideration during the letter of intent process.


Biomarkers Across Neurodegenerative Diseases - BAND:
February – August 2014

Program Announcement (4 pages)

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All Investigators Program: December 2013 – August 2014 

2014 Program Announcement (69 pages)

U.S.-U.K. Young Investigator Exchange Fellowship (5 pages)
The U.S.-U.K. Young Investigator Exchange Fellowship provides a three-year grant to fund quality scientific research into the causes, diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. The fellowship aims to address important research questions as well as to help and encourage promising scientists as they establish their careers within Alzheimer’s research internationally.

New Investigator Research Grant (NIRG) (3 pages)
Funds the next generation of promising scientists who have earned their doctoral degrees within the last 10 years.

Investigator-Initiated Research Grant – Request for Applications
(Please Note: the IIRG program is only accepting applications in targeted areas listed below)

  1. Biological Underpinnings of Genetic Risk Factors in Alzheimer's
    disease (BGF)
    (6 pages)
    The present Request for Applications [RFA] by the Alzheimer’s Association aims to promote further understand of the underlying biological mechanism of ‘genetic risk’ factors, identified by Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS) or other genomic approaches, associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and related dementia.
  2. Discovery-Validation of Therapeutic Targets for Developing Novel Interventions of Alzheimer’s disease (DVT) (8 pages)
    This Request for Applications (RFA) by the Alzheimer‘s Association aims to stimulate the discovery-validation of a broad spectrum of potential therapeutic targets and/or agents that could be tested in human subjects as putative disease modifying interventions for Alzheimer’s disease.
  3. Non-Pharmacological Strategies to Ameliorate Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia (NPSASA) (7 pages)
    The Alzheimer’s Association is launching a new initiative to stimulate the scholarly investigation and development of non-pharmacological strategies to improve the care of persons with Alzheimer‘s disease and related dementia (ADRD).
  4. Role of Vascular Metabolic Factors in Pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease and Related Dementia (VMF) (7 pages)
    The specific aim of the Alzheimer’s Association through the launch of the present Request for Applications (RFAs) is to broaden the conceptual models and areas of explorations regarding potential contributing factors to the pathogenesis of neurodegeneration/ Alzheimer’s disease/ dementia.

The Zenith Fellows Award Program (3 pages)
The objective of the 2014 Zenith Fellows Awards competition is to provide major support for investigators who have: 1) Contributed significantly to the field of Alzheimer’s disease research, 2) Made significant contributions to other areas of science and are now beginning to focus more directly on problems related to Alzheimer‘s disease, and 3) Are likely to make substantial contributions in the future.

Everyday Technologies for Alzheimer Care (ETAC) Grants (5 pages)
Seeks proposals focused on personalized diagnostics, preventive tools and interventions for adults coping with the spectrum of cognitive aging and neurodegenerative disease, particularly Alzheimer’s disease.

New Investigator Research Grant to Promote Diversity (NIRGD)
(3 pages)
Funds new investigators from diverse backgrounds with intent to support early career development that will lay groundwork for future research grants.

Mentored New Investigator Research Grant to Promote Diversity (MNIRGD) (4 pages)
Funds mentored research conducted by underrepresented researchers who have earned their doctoral degrees within the last 10 years.


How to apply for a grant

See the Application Process and Timeline page for information about the grants application process, review procedures and reporting requirements.



For more information: Contact or call 312.335.5747.